Dec 2, 2012 8:26 PM by Erin Steuber

Lafayette Welcomes Santa Clause

Lafayette is officially getting into the holiday spirit, as they welcomed Santa Clause to town. The Sonic Christmas Parade was complete with music, floats, beads and candy.

As Bing Crosby sang it best, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas." Well it might look it, but it's not exactly feeling like it in Acadiana. Despite the heat, thousands lined the streets in Lafayette to officially welcome Santa to town.

"It's a great enjoyment. They believe in Santa Clause so much, and today they both wrote letters to Santa Clause to be mailed off to the North Pole," said Misty McCloud. "So it was really exciting to see her write her letter, and list, to Santa Clause."

"We got to see Santa," said 6-year-old Kyleigh.

The Lafayette Sonic Christmas Parade has taken place on the first Sunday of December for almost 60 years, marking the official arrival of Santa. Santa is, of course, the star of the event but the parade is complete with floats, high school marching bands, beads and candy.

"Seeing Santa Clause, having the kids having a nice time and enjoying the weather, and getting in the spirit of Christmas," said Michael Johnson.

Santa comes to the parade every year, but don't worry, he says it doesn't effect making toys.

"Santa doesn't make toys, I have 4,000 elves and Mrs. Clause runs the shop," said Santa.

Louisiana's weather, a far cry from the freezing temperatures at the North Pole, but Saint Nick says he's not breaking a sweat.

"So be good all the time, because you never know when I'm going to show up," said Santa.



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